Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Update on Chicago's smoking ban

Here is the latest from the potential Chicago smoking ban courtesy of the RedEye.

Dragging ash

By Maegan Carberry
Published December 6, 2005

After more than three years of butting heads, aldermen could finally vote Wednesday to ban smoking in restaurants, bars or both.

Activists on both sides are tired of waiting and say decision time is now.

"It's Chicago politics at its finest," said Dan Rosenthal, owner of Trattoria No. 10 and spokesman for Chefs and Owners United for Good Health--a group of 120 restaurants that support a comprehensive smoking ban. "It's clout over caring. Personal benefit over personal health. It's absolute insanity. Every major city in the country should be laughing at the process we're going through."

The smoking ban debate "makes me want to puke," Rosenthal said.

Opponents of a comprehensive ban also say it's time to act.

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